Protect Yourself From Heat-Related Illness

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Heat-Related Illness

Wisconsin State health officials are reminding you to protect yourself from heat-related illness.

The National Weather Service forecasts temperatures to be in the mid-90s with high humidity levels this weekend. Most heat-related illnesses involve the elderly or individuals who have chronic illnesses, although children, athletes and outdoor workers are also at risk.

"We ask everyone to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion, and to check on their family, friends and neighbors who may be especially vulnerable to extreme heat," said Dr. Sheri Johnson, State Health Officer. "Infants, young children, older adults and people with chronic disease have a tougher time regulating their body temperature. Please help them stay cool and hydrated."

It is also very important to not leave anyone or pets unattended in cars - for even a brief period of time. The temperature inside a car can rise to life-threatening levels in a matter of minutes, even with windows cracked open.

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Heat Exhaustion

General symptoms of heat exhaustion include fainting, rash, fatigue, nausea, and the skin may become clammy and moist or hot and dry. You should take immediate steps to cool down if you exhibit these symptoms.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is more serious and symptoms include dizziness, weakness, and fatigue - and these early warning signs should not be ignored. Heat stroke can be rapid and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. Call 9-1-1 if you experience these symptoms.

Precautions

Follow the recommendations below to help protect yourself from heat exhaustion and stroke:

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